With Greece confirmed for Eurovision 2017, talk has moved onto who their act will be. Reports have again surface that Helena Paparizou may again represent Greece at Eurovision, with the 2005 winner said to be in talks with broadcaster ERT.
The news was confirmed by Helena’s close friend and Greek television host Themis Georgantas. On a morning television show, he revealed that Helena was keen to again represent Greece at Eurovision, and was in talks with the broadcaster.
This isn’t the first time the Swedish-born Greek star has expressed interest in returning to the Eurovision stage. In July, Helena revealed that she was still open to Eurovision:
“I am a fan of the contest. And the Eurovision chapter is never going to close for me… I think the biggest proof of it was Melfest 2014. For years, people have been asking me, “Would you do Eurovision again?” and I always replied “No”… But there I was again… Back in 2000 with Antique, I said, “If the song is good, I’ll go”. The same applies now. If the song is good, I’ll go… That’s what happened with “Survivor”, I listened to the song and I said “I want this for my album”. They told me that I needed to go to Melodifestivalen if I wanted the song, and so I did.”
Helena has twice competed at Eurovision. She debuted in 2001 at the age of 19, as part of the duo Antique. Their song “(I Would) Die for You” placed third.
She returned as a solo artist in 2005, where her song “My Number One” comfortable won the competition and gave Greece its first Eurovision victory.
In 2014 she entered Melodifestivalen in her home country Sweden. Her song “Survivor” won the Andra Chansen duels stage and eventually placed fourth in the grand final.
If Helena did return to Eurovision, the odds wouldn’t be on her side — most returning Eurovision artists don’t improve on their original result, and only Johnny Logan has managed to win the competition twice.
Helena Paparizou isn’t the only high-profile Greek performer with their eye on Eurovision 2017. In June, it was revealed that pop singer Demy was in informal talks with songwriter and producer Dimitris Kontopoulos and choreographer extraordinaire Fokas Evaggelinos. Demy is already on the Eurovision radar, having recorded a Greek version of “If Love Was a Crime”.
What do you think? Should Greece select Helena Paparizou for Kyiv? Or should the honour go to a first-time act like Demy? Share your thoughts below!